pâté

[pah-tey, pa‐; French pah-tey, pa‐]

noun, plural pâ·tés [pah-teyz, pa‐; French pah-tey] /pɑˈteɪz, pæ‐; French pɑˈteɪ/,

French Cookery. a paste or spread made of puréed or finely chopped liver, meat, fish, game, etc., served as an hors d'oeuvre.

Nearby words

  1. pâte,
  2. pâte de verre,
  3. pâte dure,
  4. pâte tendre,
  5. pâte à chou,
  6. pâté de foie gras,
  7. pão de açúcar,
  8. père,
  9. père david's deer,
  10. pères

Origin of pâté

From French, dating back to 1695–1705; see origin at paste, -ee

Can be confusedpaddy pate pâte pâté

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British Dictionary definitions for pâté

pâté

noun

a spread of very finely minced liver, poultry, etc, served usually as an hors d'oeuvre
a savoury pie of meat or fish

Word Origin for pâté

from French: paste 1

pate

noun

the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence

Word Origin for pate

C14: of unknown origin

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